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Tuesday, June 22, 2004


Bush Sinking in the Polls

Apparently a bit more of the public isn’t buying Bush’s bold plan of vigorously-asserting-the-contrary whenever inconvenient facts arise. A few snippets from the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll:

For the first time in ABC News/Washington Post polls, more than half of Americans, 52 percent, say the Iraq war was not worth fighting. Seven in 10 call U.S. casualties there "unacceptable," a new high. And there's been a steady slide in belief that the war has enhanced long-term U.S. security; 51 percent now say so, down 11 points this year.


While Americans broadly see Bush as more consistent, they see Kerry as more honest and trustworthy, by a 13-point margin, and more in touch with their problems, by 20 points.


Seventy-six percent now say the war has damaged the United States' image in the rest of the world; that's 13 points more than last summer.
As usual with this sort of the poll, some of the results are baffling and contradictory -- but Bush, as usual of late, appears to be in ever-deepening doo-doo.

Lewis Lapham, in the current Harpers (not available on line), had this to say about Bush's recent job performance:

I can understand why some people might find the performance terrifying, also why some other people might find it darkly comic, but what I don't understand is why anyone continues to think that the man knows what he's doing.
Nor do I. I not sure, however, which performance is more terrifying or darkly comic: that of Bush himself -- or that of the forty-plus percent of the poll respondents who evidently still believe the man.

If the poll is any indication, though -- at least some of them are learning.


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